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ADV BikesResurrected Brand SWM to Produce SuperDual Adventure Bike

Resurrected Brand SWM to Produce SuperDual Adventure Bike

Italian manufacturer SWM returns after 30 years with new 600cc ADV Bike.

Published on 11.25.2015

It’s been more than 30 years since the name SWM (Speedy Working Motors) graced the pages of motorcycle publication headlines. It was once a prestigious Italian brand that manufactured trials, enduro and motocross bikes. SWM enjoyed success in European motocross and ISDT competition and was a major competitor to KTM throughout the 70’s. In 1984 the company came under hard times and went into liquidation, but the brand is still held in high esteem in Europe.

The company was recently resurrected through the efforts of a former Husqvarna engineer, Ampelio Macchi, who was able to secure funding from Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Shineray. But this new iteration of SWM isn’t a classic European badge slapped on a Chinese manufactured motorcycle. The bikes are Italian built. As part of SWM’s rebuild, Macchi secured the former Husqvarna factory (when owned by Cagiva in 2012) in Biandronno, Italy and brought it up-to-date with major investments from Shineray Group.

2016 SWM Superdual
The SWM SuperDual fills a gap in the market for a performance-oriented 600cc adventure bike.

Macchi was also able to acquire Husqvarna technology and plans from KTM, which were scrapped after the company was purchased by BMW and then later resold to KTM. The new SWM SuperDual has more than just a passing resemblance to the 2012 Husqvarna TE630. Underneath the new bodywork is the same water-cooled and fuel-injected 600cc DOHC single pumping out roughly 50 horsepower, with a wide-ratio 6-speed to match — the same motor to be used in the new AJP PR7. The SWM SuperDual runs on Marzochi front forks and Sachs rear shock, providing 8.3 inches (210mm) of suspension travel in the front and 10.6 inches (270 mm) in the rear.

2012 Husqvarna TE630
The new SWM SuperDual is based heavily on the 2012 Husvarna TE630 platform. A worthy lineage to develop a new generation of dual sport motorcycles from.


Back in 2012 the Husqvarna TE630 was a pretty impressive dual sport giving the KTM 690 Enduro R a run for it’s money. Now SWM is doing what KTM has refused to do for years, make an Adventure model out of its middle-weight Enduro.

The SWM SuperDual shares the same platform as the company’s enduro-styled dual sport, the RS650R. SWM equips the SuperDual with a larger 5 gallon fuel tank, more street-oriented 17″ rear and 19″ front wheels, a touring windscreen and a seat designed for travel. The bike weighs 350 pounds without fuel and offers a reasonable 33.85 inch seat height.

2016 SWM RS650R
SWM’s enduro-styled dual sport, the RS650R looks almost identical to the Husqvarna TE630, which it is based on.

The SWM SuperDual is shown with crash bars, skid plate, center stand, rear rack, aluminum panniers and soft bags. With an approximate range of 200 miles, luggage carrying capability and wide-ratio transmission, the new SWM looks like an enticing alternative to the KTM 690 Enduro R for those looking for an off-road capable long-distance travel bike.

Pricing has not been announced but the company is expected to take advantage of a lower cost of components manufactured in China, which will be shipped to Italy for assembly. In this way, they can come to market at a lower price point than other European manufacturers. SWM plans to offer 12 models in the enduro, supermoto, motocross, classic and adventure categories. For more information, visit the SWM website.

News Update 11/26/2015: SWM has confirmed that the SuperDual will first become available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, then in the second half of 2016 it will arrive in the USA.

News Update 2/1/2017: SWM has announced that the bike has been delayed due to some remapping requirements and other compliance specific details for the US. No further details about its arrival date have been given.

2016 SWM Superdual


Type: Single cylinder, 4 stroke, 4 valve, liquid cooled, DOHC
Bore X Stroke: 100 x 76.4 mm
Displacement: 600cc
Compression Ratio: 12.4:1
Lubrication: Wet sump
Fuel System: EFI 45mm throtle body
Starter: Electric
Clutch: Wet, multiplate type; hydraulic control
Transmission: 6 Speed
Frame: Single beam double cradle main frame
Seat Height: 33.85 in. (860mm)
Wheelbase: 57.68 in. (1465mm)
Fuel Tank: 5.0 gallons (19 L)
Front Tires: 110/80 – 19”
Rear Tires: 140/80 – 17”
Front Suspension: “Upside-Down” fork with dumping adjustment 50mm
Rear Suspension: “Soft Damp” monoshock absorber with adjustment
Suspension Travel: 8.3 in. (210mm) Front / 10.6 in. (270mm) Rear
Front Brake: 320mm Single Disc
Rear Brake: 300mm Single Disc
Weight Without Fuel: 350.5 lbs. (159 Kg)

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Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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  2. 33.5″ seat is pretty low, and that’d great, but PLEASE someone make a high quality adventure dual sport for the wive us guys with the big bikes. I ride a 2015 KTM 1190 ADV R, my wife has several Ducati’s and is an advanced street rider, but when I am going on a trip on my KTM, she stays home since none of her bikes work well on dirt. We’ve tried modifying a Husky TE250, but it didn’t work well on the road, she has a Ducati Multistrada 620, but it’s not great on the dirt. And don’t suggest BMW 650’s, she just doesn’t like them.
    Make a version of this bike that has a 30″ seat and still handles like it should, we’ll buy it.

  3. A 600cc sport adventure bike sounds like a really good idea. Now that I think about it I wonder why no one else has done this already. If

    • It’s a mystery why no one currently builds an off-road focused “True” adventure bike in the 600-650 range. It hasn’t been done since the KTM 640 Adventure which was discontinued in 2008. We hope more companies follow SWM’s example.

        • Yes. The TR650 Terra was another decent option, although it seemed to take a step backward when Husky went from the TE630 to the TR650 in terms of off-road performance. The TR650 Terra was about 70 lbs. heavier and several inches less suspension travel. It also only had a 5-speed, whereas the TE630 had 6 gears. The Terra was well priced for a new adv bike though and still is relatively capable off-road.

  4. Awsome! I fell on hard times a couple years ago and had to sell my ’06 TE610. It was a great bike and I’ve been kicking myself for not finding some way to keep it.

    The SuperDual looks to be based on the SM630 (super moto), not the TE. The TE had 12.8 inches of suspension, a 37 inch seat height and 18-21 wheels. Not sure what the crash bars are for, I dumped mine plenty of times with no damage. You could probably shave off 30 lbs by switching to a single exhaust with a Barnett pipe. I wonder if an Uptite skid plate still fits.

    • Hi Dave. Maybe it’s time to pick up another TE? Both the TE630 and SM630 are very closely related, so you could say it is based on either. Yes, that would be a good weight saving option to forgo crash bars and replace the dual exhaust system with a single can. Put a set of soft bags on it as well and you’d have a very light and nimble adventure touring bike.

    • Hi Dave. No connection to KTM or the BMW motors. It’s based on the Husqvarna TE630’s engine. Pricing in the US hasn’t been announced yet but we expect it to be somewhere under the price of a KTM 690 Enduro R which costs $10.5k.

  5. The intersting aspect is that swm needs to have european homologation ready, because from 01.Jan2016 all new models (and from 01.Jan2017 all new bikes) over 250ccm are required to have abs on board. So if the haven’t received european homologation yet, they will need to redesign the breaking system and integrate abs!
    Will be very interesting to get some pricing info – and hopefully the bike will not have the short 5000km maintanance intervall ov the original 630 engine!

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  8. I like the 17″ and 19″ combo on a light adventure bike.
    I want a bike to replace my heavy F800GS.
    It’s been fun but has limits because of weight.
    Can’t wait til it comes to US!

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    • 2016 come ‘n gone, and No Cycle in sight. No word about the ABS / Homologation effort, either. Oh well, we’re waiting on the T7, too. No new metal…

      • The last word from SWM so far is that the bike has been delayed due to some remapping requirements and other compliance specific details for the US. They are hoping to finally have it available before the end of 2017. Crossing fingers there are no further delays!

  10. I never trust these stories. Pie in the sky when it comes to the US. We either have to buy $11k european machines or $6k Japanese junk with technology from 1980 if you want a 650 thumper.

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